Kramnik's Perfect Start In Dortmund

Kramnik's Perfect Start In Dortmund

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Vladimir Kramnik won his second round game at the Dortmund tournament to establish a clear point lead over the field.

Kramnik won with the black pieces against Georg Meier, taking advantage of his opponent's time trouble.

Kramnik's first round victim Ruslan Ponomariov bounced back to win a nice game against Anish Giri.

The game between Le Quang Liem and Hikaru Nakamura ended in repetition after 22 moves.

Conventional draw offers are not allowed in Dortmund this year - players can only claim draws if the position is repeated or a decisive result is no longer possible.

Georg Meier came unstuck against Kramnik




Down but not out. Anish Giri (right) loses to Ponomariov




Le Quang Liem and Nakamura ended all square



The standings after two rounds:

1  Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS 2781 2
2  Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2770 1
3  Le, Quang Liem  VIE 2715 1
4  Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR 2764 1
5  Giri, Anish  NED 2701 ½
6  Meier, Georg  GER 2656 ½


The tournament runs from 21-31 July, with 26 July being a rest day.  Games start at 3pm local time, except the final round which starts 2 hours earlier.

More information on this double round-robin event can be found at the official website (in German). The live games link is here.


Photos: Georgios Souleidis (official website)

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